Scottish-based truck start-up, HVS has released further details of its product development plans with the launch of a 5.5-tonne technology demonstrator, hinting at its planned 40-tonne zero-emission truck. The company, founded in Glasgow in 2017, is focused on the development of a complete hydrogen fuel cell electric truck with new chassis and cab expected to be part of the full product line-up.

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HVS truck launch

HVS hydrogen fuel cell electric technology demonstrator

“This technology demonstrator showcases our ground-breaking hydrogen-electric commercial vehicle design and advanced powertrain technology, a precursor to our HGV model. Fuelled by close-coupled green hydrogen (hydrogen produced directly by renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind or solar) our zero-emission trucks are a key part of decarbonising the logistics sector. Hydrogen is the perfect fuel for the haulage industry, offering long ranges and quick refuelling thanks to stations easily integrated into key transport networks.” said HVS CEO Jawad Khursheed.

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HVS new truck styling

Design and development of the new HVS truck has been carried out by UK-based team

HVS tractor units will be built on an entirely new chassis developed in-house around the hydrogen engine, which includes pressurised hydrogen cylinders, fuel cells, an energy storage system, and an eAxle. The vehicle’s powertrain makes use of a fuel cell system and an energy storage system to deliver electricity to an electric motor, which transmits power to the wheels. It employs the KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) to collect energy when braking and slowing down the vehicle.

The integrated powertrain is governed by HVS’ innovative control system ‘SEMAS,’ which, claims HVS, will deliver cost of ownership similar to diesel-powered products on the market. HVS plans to construct an R&D, engineering, and pilot manufacturing facility in the Midlands, capitalising on the region’s historically strong motor industry skills base, in addition to a permanent UK-based production plant.